The flu season is here, and it came early. This year the flu started spreading in October, and it is projected to end in May, and to peak from December til February. Although only 5-20 percent of the US is affected by the influenza, and that’s 16 - 65 million people alone. Here are some quick tips to help you come over or prevent this disease. 
    Let’s start off by figuring out how to prevent this in the first place. The number one best way to stay clear of the flu is by getting vaccinations. It takes around 2 weeks for the vaccination to kick in, so you should get it sooner rather than later. They last for the whole flu season, so get it once a year. The next best way to prevent the flu is by staying away from anyone sick. Use the 24 hour rule- if your friend is feeling better, you should still wait 24 hour before you hang out with them. If they’re still feeling great by then, you’re most likely not going to get it. If you are in the situation where you are already sick, have little contact with other people. The 24 hour rule applies to this as well, so wait 24 hours after you’re feeling better to see people.
    If you really don’t want to get the flu, just stay hygienic. Now I’m not saying if you get the flu you are unhygienic, but you might want to wash your hands more. 66% of Americans don’t wash their hands, which leads to not only the flu, but so many different diseases, and some people still use the 5 second rule. Bacteria immediately loads onto food milliseconds after it hits the ground. 
    Now you still have a chance of getting the flu if you try your hardest to prevent this. If you end up coming down with the flu, you can still make it less of a problem and make it more peaceful. One unique way to tone it down is by getting a pot and filling it with warm water and heating that water up to create steam. Then put your head over the pot and just feel the heat on your skin. This will open up your pores and have a major effect on your nasal and sinus congestion. You can also gargle salt water. If you have a sore throat, this will help. Start by adding a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and do this up to 4 times a day. Another simple way is by clearing your nose as much as possible. 
    Now doing these things won’t make your flu go away like that. You still should be taking care of yourself. Sleep. Sleep as much as you can, at least 8 hours every night. Not sleeping enough is like telling the doctor to not cure you, you like being sick. 
    In the end you should be smart and stay away from sick people, get your flu shot yearly, and to just get some sleep. The flu is the worst, and hopefully you’ll use these tips to be flu-free. Maybe this season, you’ll be fortunate to stay clear of the flu!